Danny Guthrie loves Latin threesome.

Posted on November 19th, 2009 | 21 Comments |

Toon's 'Three Amigos'.
Toon's 'Three Amigos'.
Toon midfield dynamo, Danny Guthrie, has been expressing his admiration for Newcastle United’s ‘Three Amigos’, Jose Enrique, Fabricio Coloccini and Jonas Gutierrez. As Newcastle United prepare for a wet Monday evening at Deepdale in Preston, Guthrie mused on how they have defied the stereotypes about fancy foreign players who aren’t up for a good scrap in the English Championship.

On their spirit, and the so-called ‘English mentality’, Guthrie gushed:

“You might talk about the so-called English mentality, about being able to fight when your back is against the wall and showing strength in adversity,”

“But the foreign lads have also shown plenty of spirit and that’s really good to see. You sometimes hear stories about players who don’t really fancy a battle when they come over to play in this country, but Jose, Jonas and Fabricio have really knuckled down. It would have been easy for them to fob it off once we had been relegated, but they have stayed and they have got on with it.

“People have preconceptions about what foreign players are going to be like and whether they have the stomach for it, but they have been brilliant and haven’t been fazed by anything this season.”

On dispelling myths, and how Jonas’s “skinny little legs” are much tougher than they look, Guthrie continued:

“It does dispel a few myths. They could have rolled over and played a bit part, but they came back in the summer, rolled up their sleeves with the rest of us and have got on with it. I don’t know if they get targeted more than the English lads, although Jonas does because of the way he plays. But he’s tougher than he looks. He’s got skinny little legs, but he can take a whack, get up and carry on going.

“He has shown that this season and all three of them deserve a lot of credit for the way they have conducted themselves.”

Guthrie then moved on to Newcastle in the Championship, and how other teams from the division have been looking forward to “turning over” the big fancy Dans fresh from the Premiership and supposedly in chaos behind the scenes.

“I think some people in the Championship were looking forward to playing us and turning us over. They might have expected us to be soft and ready to roll over whenever the going got tough.

“We’ve had to show a bit of steel and we haven’t been kicked off our game or bullied at all. We’ve got to be strong and that will always be the case because we know we’re the team everyone wants to beat. A lot has been made of the fact we have a really good team spirit and everyone has contributed to that. You’ve got your senior players like Nicky Butt, Alan Smith and Steve Harper who set an example, but everyone has bought into what we’re trying to do.”

Hmmm, well, writing from a personal point of view, I think that they have had to make some adjustments for the speed of the English game, with little time for fancy little passes in your own box etc. Enrique, the first to come over seems to be well and truly there now, and has been one of our best players this term so far. Despite some erratic displays from Guti and Colo, they have definitely been making progress too.

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21 Responses

  1. Like all three – all will be a feature in the Prem when we return.
     
    Good signings. (WHOEVER MADE THEM)

  2. 3 good players , would rather have them than not , think the more time they spend in the english game the better they will be in it

  3. Workey

    “For £80,000 a week, I’d want a 25 year old Maldini or Beckenbauer!”

    When we signed him is agent said his 25,000 Euro wage has been doubled making tht 50,000 euro, now whats that in pounds?

  4. If that were true, you could only relfect on Ashley being a wily old financial fox like……

    80k a week for Colo?

    I sense a wind-up at some juncture.

  5. @worky – you must be hoping for a job on NoW with headlines like that :)
    Enrique has been class and to be fair Collo has come on a bit this season tho  that could be down to championship level football.
    Jonas has the potential to be the best out the three but at present is to erratic, falls over at the slightest touch and rarely delivers a final killer pass /cross

  6. Stardust says:
    November 19, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    “Maybe Worky and Ed are one and the same – Worky is producing some belting “Edlines” lately lol”

    It’s no worse than Hugh’s highly suggestive ‘Hughton “enjoyed” Fabrice’.

    On the £80,000 per week thing I admit I’m not totally certain and it was something of a ‘flip’ comment. A very large majority of sources have quoted it at £80,000, and a very small minority have quoted it at something less than that. However, I wouldn’t go to court with those figures.

  7. Well 50,000 euros works out about 35,000 quid but next year we will hopefully be a different player if we settle the whole club down

  8. Its always in the papers that Colo is on 80k a week but i really doubt Ashley gave out them kind of wages.

    Enrique is class and only going to get better and im in no doubt that in a few years time he will be playing alongside Puyol and Sergio Ramos.

    Jonas…can take him or leave him…brilliant or absolutely tosh, but you cannot fault his work rate.

  9. Ive been impressed with the 3 of them tbh. As has been said, it would have been very easy for them to engineer moves away like players from last season who “loved the club” and “wanted to stay and fight”. Granted, they are on a fair whack, but they still need to show application in games, which they have done and it would have been easy for them to go on cruise control.

    As Stardust says, all 3 of them will play in the premiership if we go up and who knows, maybe a season getting bullied and harrased in the championship will stand them in good stead? Lets hope so eh?

  10. Of the three amigos, think Enrique was the best bargain, took him time to adjust to the pace of the game here, but has the making of a good wingback.
    He has deceptive pace and was`nt named “toro nino” for nothing, has to improve his finishing when attacking.
    Jonas like many wingers, relies  mainly on pace and has yet to prove capeable of scoring or putting a decent cross into the box,  jury`s  still out on him.
    Of the three Colo. is the most difficult to judge, there have been games where he has been outstanding and others where he compared unfavorable to Titus Bramble at his worst.
    Bit harsh perhaps, but as it takes most players from other countries at least a season to adapt to the pace and physical nature of the game in the UK, willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.
     

  11. chuck i agree pace is great,but need end product,might as well have bolt nice to watch but doesnt win a cigar,reminds me of a guy on right wing for toon gordan  hughes like the wind open gates sjp and he would keep going

  12. Gordon Hughes aka Charlie Drake to the fans was a great little winger and was at his best alongside Eastham, White and Allchurch, probably the best forward line we ever had.  Although we had Bill Punton on the left who was possibly the worst left winger ever.
    Jonah is and was the most heavily fouled of our players in the EPL and again this year, I don’t think he is a prima donna player who folds at the most minimal of contacts.  Bit more protection from officials and we would get a lot more from him, a very good buy imo.

  13. What about     Robert- Speed- Shearer- Bellamy- Nobby
    or
    Mitchell- Robledo- Jackie-Taylor-White
    But surely the reeal deal was KK`s  famous  and most entertaining
    You score four, we`ll get five lines.
     

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